Reason is a basis, or motive for a belief, decision, conviction, action, fact, or event. It is the mental power concerned with forming conclusions, judgements, or inferences based on a belief using sound judgement, and good sense. It is the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence. It is the power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking – especially in orderly, rational ways.
God does not need to reason with man. Yet, He is willing to come down to our level, and using the example of His Only Son, Begotten ‘before the foundations of the world’, YHWH is willing to reason with human beings, according to the Truth in His Son, whom the Apostle John says is the Word of God. God is willing to reason with us within the framework of the Bible. God does not need to reason with us. But, indeed, we need Him to reason with us. And, we need to understand His reasoning.
The basis for biblical reason is the Bible itself. It is by the scripture that God says through Isaiah, 1:18, ““Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD“. It is a call to His Word. The Word of God is where He meets with us, and communes with us. Some may say we can know God in other ways. Some would say there are other roads to take to God, other than through the Holy Bible. Yet, the Bible is the only place where God Himself literally reasons with His created beings. Not as a dictator. Nor does He exhibit His power by crushing weakened feeble minds. On the contrary, God of the Holy Bible invites us to be partakers in His reason to strengthen our minds in Him! There is no other like Him. Notice Isaiah 42:3, concerning the Messiah, the Word of God, “A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads justice to victory.”
The Word of God as a basis for reason means, firstly, that the Bible is the source of our belief, decision, conviction, and action. Secondly, that Yeshua/Jesus, as the Word of God made flesh, according to John 1:14, is our example of the reasoning of God. The Apostle John directs our attention in John chapter 13, to the week of Passover where Jesus gathered His disciples together for one last seder meal, before His death and resurrection. Jesus removed His outer garments and proceeded to wash the feet of His disciples, as a servant would. He said it was to be an example for them. The example was not in the techniques of foot washing, but rather, as an insight into His Reasoning, His Mind (the Mind of Christ). His example did not begin when He washed His disciples feet. It was yet another example for them, one of great importance, one that illustrated what had passed between them from the beginning of Jesus ministry among them. A final lesson before His Passion, which was the greatest lesson; the greatest example. Yet, the washing of His disciples feet is perhaps the hardest for us to remember. It isn’t included in any holiday practices that I know of. Though, perhaps, during Passover week it may be remembered by some Messianic Jews.
1 Peter 2:21 says, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.” It is not the easiest thing to accept that the suffering of the Messiah is an example for us. Yet, this is how the Holy Spirit teaches us about the Mind of Messiah, through His example. The sufferings of the Messiah are the basis for Reason with God, concerning man.
The book of Hebrews tells us, in chapter 12:1-3, Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Because the Bible is a real, and written, and an understandable book, there is within every mind, who is willing to read the Bible, the potential for logical, rational, and analytical thought, with intelligence, concerning what is written there. Not that the ability to read creates this, but that we are created for this, and the mind of man was designed for this. The fact that it is possible to read God’s Written Word, is proof of the intent of the Written Word of God. Because, if the Bible is the Word of God given to mankind, it follows that man has been given the mind to comprehend God’s written Word. It is also the proof of our being created in His Image.
Since we have the ability for comprehending, and thinking especially in orderly rational ways, we are fit to understand His written Word. We don’t have to go through life not knowing why we believe. God expects us to know. He tells us about Himself. God expects His children to engage with Him, according to His Reason. This is the invitation of Isaiah 1:18. This is true knowledge, God’s reason. Only one way to know this kind of reason. It is also proof that we have the capacity to understand the example He has given in and through His Son, who is the fulfillment of the Written Word. How can we lose with so great a gift, the Word of God?
Hebrews 5:8 “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.”
This invitation to reason is not based on intellect. It doesn’t matter how great or small one’s intellect is, according to the measures of men. What matters most is the willingness to obey what is written. There is advantage to those who obey the Word, as opposed to those who disobey. The question is, can the disobedient ever come to understand the Word of God? Does disobedience harden the heart? Does it not affect the hearing, and the doing? Not obeying is the same as not being interested. How can one learn what one is not interested in?
An example would be in the story Yeshua told of the Rich Young Ruler, Matthew 19:16-22, “16 And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is onlyOne who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man *said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.” There is a way that seems right to a man. Even in a context like this, where all the commandments of God were seemingly kept by this young man, yet, kept they were in his own way, and not necessarily God’s way. This is exactly what the Messiah came to do. The Messiah came to fulfill the Torah according to the Mind of God, and not man. The young man was interested insofar as what he did was acceptable. What the Master proposed was unacceptable. How then could the young man learn to keep the Torah according to the Mind of Messiah, if he was not willing to obey? The issue was always obedience for the Rich Young Ruler, and not works as He supposed. And so, not obeying is the same as not being interested. The young man was not interested in losing his life, and his wealth, for the knowledge given by the Messiah.
Disobedience separates the disobedient from the Mind of God. Because of the affect of disobedience, the learning, comprehension, belief, decision making, conviction, action, and grasping of the facts, is altered. The mental power concerned with forming conclusions, judgements, or inferences based on a belief is affected because of the lack of soundness due to disobedience, and judgment is affected, and good sense. The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought concerning the Holy Bible and the person of Jesus the Messiah is also affected because the reality of disobedience to the Word of God is rejection of the Word of God. The power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking – especially in orderly rational ways, concerning the Truth of the scriptures, is reduced to a rationale that is not based on the Holy Bible, nor the example of the Messiah, because disobedience is a rejection, not an adherence to. The truth is that disobedience hinders the mind from fully comprehending the Mind behind the scripture. Obedience, on the other hand, brings the one who obeys within the Word, as a partaker. It brings the obedient into agreement. Obedience is the secret to knowledge and understanding of the Mind/Reason of God.
Often I have heard that reason is the enemy of a believer. And intellect is almost useless when learning about God. This couldn’t be further from the truth, though. And most often is the case, that those who would think this are the very ones who struggle with obedience, and rather than learning the scripture, they’d rather have more etherial/spiritual experiences; which in reality, do not lead to a knowledge of God that brings lasting change. Within the invitation for reason is the call for obedience. To truly learn the Word of God, one must be willing to obey. The beginning, then, of coming to Godly reason, is obedience that leads to repentance. Repentance is an act of the mind. It is a real thing, with real results.
When Yeshua returns at His second coming, who will be ready for His return? Is it not for those who are watching and waiting in the way the Holy Bible instructs to watch and wait? Luke 12: 35-38, Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, says, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.“Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. “Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. “Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.” Jesus was the example in this. This gives us great hope! If we follow after Him!
It is hard to understand these things in God except for the example given in the person of Jesus. Hebrews 1:1-3b tells us, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” It’s hard for any of us to realize these things even with our confessed faith in Yeshua, because it is easy to forget that this mind set of the Messiah is to be our own. God outside of the person of Yeshua is unknowable. This truth is brought out vividly in the B’rit Chadasha. The fact that God is unknowable except through the Son of God illustrates just how much we need Yeshua in our lives, that is, in our minds. This is why the Bible is so precious as the only source for our spiritual life.
This watching and waiting is a conscious act. Ignorance of His Will is a conscious act, as much as knowing His Will is a conscious act. Those who would accept ignorance are those who also reject Him in their minds. Those who watch and wait with every fiber of their being, in their thoughts, in their actions, looking for His return, are those who have found the reason of the Wisdom of God to be a refreshing in this life, and much more in the life to come. The Bible is designed with the intention of showing man the example of God’s intention. Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, is God’s intention. The only place to know Him, the Word of God (Jesus), is in the Written Word of God, the Holy Bible. Within the pages of the Bible we can come to know our example, even God Himself. This is my belief, and my conviction. It is the Word of God that I base my life on. It is in the reasoning of scripture that I find the knowledge of the Holy One.
“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” Acts 3:19-21 NAS
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18